John Staple

Male - 1683


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  • Name  John Staple 
    Gender  Male 
    Baptism  Aug 1608  Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Will  18 Mar 1681/82  Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • I John Staple Sen. of the Town of Waymouth in New England being lame and weake in body but of a competent understanding and memory do make and declare this to bee by last will and Testamt revoaking and annulling by these presents all and every will and wills heretofore by me made either by word or writing and this to bee taken as my last will and no other and First & principally I commit my Soule to God & and my body to decent buriall where it shall pleas my Executor or the Survivour of them hereafternamed to appoint. And for the Setling of my temporall Estate I do order give and dispose the same in manner and forme following:
      First I will that my funerall expences and just debts bee paid by my Executors out of my proper Estate:
      Item I give and bequeath unto my Son John Staple that acre of Salt Marsh at Brantry which I purchased of John Harbour To have and to hold unto my sd Son John his heires Execrs Adm. and assignes for ever.
      2. I give unto my Son Abraham Staple his heires or assignes twenty Shillings to bee pd by my Executors or the Survivors of them within three months after my decease wither in money or other good pay at money price. Forasmuch as I was at charge to procure him a trade and have given him already other Estate.
      3 I give unto my Son Joseph Staple his heires or assignes, unto my Son in law Samuel Sumner & to my daughter Rebecca his wife their heires and assignes, and to my Son in law Increase Sumner and my daughter Sarah his wife their heires & assignes all my Estate of Houseing and lands in Waymouth, goods chattels bedding utensils household goods or what quality of quantity soever it bee or in what place soever it bee (except what is before bequeathed and given) unto my sd four Children my two Sons and two daughters in manner as before expressed to each a quarter part equally to bee divided amongst them; And I do ordain and appoint my Son John Staple and my Son-in-law Increase Sumner to bee my Executors jointly and in case either of them decease before me then the Survivor of them whome I desire faith fully to see this my will in all points to bee performed.
      4. In Witness whereof I the sd John Staples Senior do here unto Set my hand and Seale the 18th day of March 1681/2.

      John Staples Senior a marke & Seale
      Published Signed & Sealed in ye
      presence of Thomas Dun.
      William Chard

      William Chard made Oath in Court 2d Aug. 1683 that hee was present when John Staple did Seale and publish this Instrumt to bee his last will and that when hee so did hee was of disposing minde to his best knowledge and that he himself and Tho: Dun Subscribed as witnesses thereof

      as- attests Isa Addington Clke

      Suffolk s.s. Probate Court
      a true copy. Attest:
      Arthur W. Sullivan Register

      Suffolk Probate, Volume 9, p. 137:

      "An inventory of the Estate of John Staple Deceased in Dorchester taken this 13d July 1683 by us whose names are underwritten:

      Impr One Acre of Marsh 10-00-00
      Wearing Apparrell 3-00-00
      Bedding 12-06-00
      Goods & Armes 02-04-06
      Money in hand and due by bill 61-15-00
      One Cow 2-05-00
      Pewter, Brass, Iron and other Lumber 3-16-00
      95-06-06

      John Stafle and Increase Sumner Execrs made Oath in Court 2 Augst 1683 that this is a true Inventory of the Estate of John Staple Decd so far as has come to their knowledge and that when more appears, they will cause it to be added:

      Isa Addington, Clke.
    Died  04 Jul 1683  Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Probate  02 Aug 1683  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • John STAPLES Sr., was an early settler of Weymouth, living there from 1639 to 1679, or perhaps longer. He died at Dorchester in 1683. He was made freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 10 May 1648. Colket (p.294) says he was born about 1610 in Chard, Co. Somerset. Pope (p. 637) says he was in Weymouth by 1637.
      John probably married in England and travelled to the New World with his wife, but no records naming her have been found. John and his wife probably were Puritans and may have come over with the "Dorchester Emigration," settling for a time in Dorchester, Massachusetts Soon after, sometime between the fall of 1636 and the summer of 1639, they removed to Weymouth, Mass, where they acquired land and raised a family. Upon arrival they set about erecting a rude house of one room in which they stored their meager possessions. John was successful in his occupation as a farmer. In his old age he sold off the lands he had not already given to his son John, and retired to Dorchester, SC, to be with his daughters who had married the Sumner brothers of that town.

      Weymouth (1642/3) "The Land of John Staple -- Six acres in the plaine, three acres of them first given to Mr. Bernard and three of them to Henry Kingman bounded on the east with the land of Robert Able, on the west and north by the highway, William Brandon on the south. Three acres in the East Field first given to himself, the land of William Read on the east, the land of Edmond Hart on the west, the land of Mr. Jeffrey on the north and on Mr. Parker on the south."

      In Weymouth, John Staple was appointed Fence Viewer 1660, 1661 and 1662.
      !Descendants of Jeffrey & John STAPLE of Weymouth, MA, 1978;
    Person ID  I20090  Bryant
    Last Modified  27 Apr 2007 

    Father  Jeffrey Staple,   b. Est 1576, probably, Halton, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1647, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margery Chrismas,   b. Est 1585, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 14 Dec 1663, probably, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  04 May 1607  Halton, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID  F1432  Group Sheet

    Family  Rebecca,   b. Abt 1614, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1636  probably, Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Abraham Staple,   b. 1638, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1703, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Rebecca Staple,   b. 27 Nov 1639, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1696, Dorchester, Berkeley Co, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Joseph Staple,   b. 19 Feb 1641/42, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1692, East Taunton, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Sarah Staple,   b. Abt 1645, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dorchester, Berkeley Co, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. John Staple, Jr.,   b. Abt 1648, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1692, Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1199  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - Aug 1608 - Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1636 - probably, Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 18 Mar 1681/82 - Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 04 Jul 1683 - Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S13] NEHGR, NEHGR, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 161:95-100.

    2. [S11] New England Families, Cutter, William Richard, (Clearfield Company, Baltimore, MD, 1913), p.691.


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